The Channel Islands National Park

Just off the coast of Santa Barbara, the park encompasses five of the eight islands in the chain, and offers some of the best kayaking, snorkeling and hiking opportunities in California. The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Beautiful marine life, pristine kelp forests, rugged coastline and hidden sea caves make this a world-class destination. Santa Barbara Adventure Company,, 805.884.9283, offers both day and overnight trips for beginners and advanced kayakers.